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Television ads associated with increase in testosterone testing and new use, study finds

March 21, 2017
An increase in television ads for testosterone therapies is associated with increased testosterone testing, new use of testosterone therapies, and use of the therapies without appropriate testing, according to a study led by the Gillings School’s Dr. Bradley Layton.

UNC researchers study impact of traffic-related particulate matter upon premature mortality

March 20, 2017
UNC environmental researchers including Dr. William Vizuete have found that previous research may have underestimated premature mortality due to particulate matter from traffic emissions.

Veterans’ care for PTSD not hindered by co-occurring substance use disorders

March 20, 2017
A study led by Dr. Alyssa Mansfield (Damon) found that veterans with more than one substance use disorder were not hindered from receiving outpatient specialty post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment or sufficient psychotherapy. Findings were published online March 1 in the journal Psychiatric Services.

New survey will determine whether and how Zika affects Americans’ travel

March 16, 2017
Dr. Jim Herrington is collaborating with RTI International to survey Americans about whether the threat of contracting Zika virus is affecting their spring and summer travel plans.

UNC Gillings School Study: ‘No Fat,’ ‘No Sugar’ no guarantee of nutritional quality

March 15, 2017
Terms such as “no fat” or “no sugar” on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food. These are the findings of a new study led by Dr. Lindsey Taillie and published online March 15 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017
Drs. Cynthia Bulik, June Stevens and Deborah Tate wrote chapters in the third edition of Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook, published this year by The Guilford Press.

Study validates a survey tool to assess patient-centered communication in cancer care settings

March 2, 2017
Dr. Bryce Reeve and colleagues at RTI found supporting evidence for the reliability of a survey instrument that assesses patient-centered communication in cancer care settings. Their findings were published Feb. 10 in Patient Education and Counseling.

Youth with Type 2 diabetes more likely to have significant complications later in life

February 28, 2017
A new report, co-authored by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in JAMA, indicates that adolescents and young adults with Type 2 diabetes bear a significantly higher burden of potential diabetes-related complications – especially among minority youth with this disease – than do their peers with Type 1 diabetes.

Among women, poor blacks in the south bear greatest burden of HIV, study finds

February 23, 2017
Alexander Breskin and Drs. Adaora Adimora and Daniel Westreich are co-authors of a PLOS ONE study that identifies U.S. counties in which the prevalence of HIV is high among women, as compared to men. Black women from poor areas in the South face a disproportionately high burden of HIV.

Hookah smoking seen as emerging public health threat in Kurdish region of Iraq

February 23, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Anant Kumar describe hookah smoking in the Kurdish region of Iraq as an emerging public health threat. The ongoing armed conflict, economic distress and easy availability of tobacco contribute to the problem.